Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 1563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
La Terrible is a dark brown beer on lees and is part of a collection of exotic and refined Unibroue beers brewed using 100% natural raw materials. It may be drunk as an aperitif or as an after dinner digestive. It is equally a perfect accompaniment to the above-mentioned dishes or a pleasant alternative to coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Poured a rich dark brown, with a thin foamy tan head. Aroma was sweet with cocoa. Sweet and smooth. Flavor is roasted and fruity, with hints of caramel. Nice warming beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
A great compliment to the Christmas Feast! Pitch black, off-white head/lace. Aroma of roasted malt and yeast. Bold flavour, somewhat sweet, with a moderate hop presence. 10.5% alcohol emerges in the end, but it's not too overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Pours out a dark chocolatey brown to settle a very deep dark brown, nearly black, very strudy and richly thick substance thats unpierceable by light. Thick, somewhat loose dark cocoa brown head that builds a bit over bundantly, even with a slow pour. Very little lace appears and/or sticks. Aroma is yeasty spiced, cloves and peppery with a light dark fruit-like sweetness and light toffee with a nudge of roasty maltyness. Overall mostly sweet at first but the yeast dominates as it warms. Taste is about what I've come to expect out of these Belgian style dark ales with dark fruity sweetness of some raisin and plum upfront, quick full on spice at the middle with a touch of hops, subsides just as quick to a toffee sweetness and leaves trails of clove and other dark fruits of banana and dark roastyness that lingers with a subdued dryness and yeasty texture in the finish. Mellow but full mouthfeel with some solid carbonation, could be smoother, a little rough around the edges, but gets easier to handle as it warms. A good representation of the style, not to overpowering really, just the right amount of yeast and sweet malts, but lacks some complexity. A fine example by Unibroue but Trois Pistoles is nicer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Hmmm. Expected more head than this. Decent carbonation that forms little hotspots of bubbly effervescence. Quite fascinating to watch. Rich aroma of brown sugar and raisins. Color is a nice dark brown. Flavor is dense but smooth. Plenty of malt with a bit of yeast, spice and a nice alcohol kick. Finish is warming and leaves a good aftertaste. A nice dark, full bodied belgian ale that has a lot of character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
don't usually comment on the auditory quality, but a nice snap crackle pop in the glass. Very dark brown -not black, great long-lasting and island forming head. As per the norm for this brewery a palate that can't be beat. ALmost like a good rum and coke taste w. etoh better hidden. fig newton, date, does share the same yeast qualities as fin du monde and maudite but more malty and less fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Very dark brown, almost black, thin tan head, not long lasting. Looked like a Belgian schwarzbier. Dark fruit aroma: plum, raisin, currant, along with dark malts, and the Unibroue yeast. Flavor was slightly fruity, had notes of caramel, chocolate, and sweet dark malt. Full bodied with plenty of alcohol warming. I had a very nice time drinking all 750ml of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 As you can see by the rating, I didn't much care for this. Very dark, minimal head, sweetness that masks the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 Dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thin off white head. Aroma of clove, pepper, anice, spice and dark fruit. Medium creamy syrupy palate with very lively carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth. Makes my entire mouth tingle. Flavor is mostly sweet and vinous, with notes of pepper, dark fruit, anise, brandy, molasses and grass. As it warms up, chocolate and roast notes become more apparent. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 I was kinda wasted when I rated this, so it may not be totally accurate. Pours opaque dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma is of sweet fruitiness, brown sugar? Start is sweet--maybe apples. Middle is bitter with some hoppiness. Bitter finish.-------& aug, 2006) 2 year old vintage. Nose has some roasty, chocolate notes with some definite anise present. There are also lots of dried fruits, raisins. I detect a slight touch of what appears to be cardboardy oxidation. Mildly transparent dark mahogany color with a disappointingly small light tan head that is listless and quickly dissipating. This may be due to the age of the bottle, though. Sweet, roasty, vinous raisin-like flavor with chocolate goodies. Decadent, rich, warming, smooth. Great stuff. Now I need to rate a current version after the Sleeman takeover...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Stronger clove/spice flavor than many I've had lately, with grapefruit as well. Very dark chestnut color and all-around goodness. Frothy and life with lots of malt. Yum. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

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